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Mid-Century Modern Games

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Le Must de Cartier Vintage Playing Card Game Box, 1976
Located in Munich, DE
Never in use Cartier playing cards box, one deck plus joker, poker, bridge playing cards in Cartier red 2-doors case. Les Must de Cartier playing cards were only sold from 1972-1976....
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Leather, Paper

Curtis Jere Tic - Tac - Toe Onyx and Metal Sculptures or Bookends
Located in Saint Louis, MO
One of a kind Curtis Jere onyx and metal Tic Tac Toe sculptures or bookends, sold individually or as a pair. All of Jere's Tic Tac Toe sculptures are unique and made from Onyx. Both ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Onyx, Metal

Bicolor Travertine Chess Game Angelo Mangiarotti Style, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Rare modernist chess game in two colored travertine in the style of Italian design Angelo Mangiarotti. Made in Italy in the 1970s. The minimalistic design of this game set will...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Travertine, Marble

Swarovski Chess Set Silver Crystal Glass Gift Box Original, Austria
Located in Vienna, AT
Swarovski chess set in original gift box, Austria, never used Sparkling Swarovski chess board in glass, mirror glass with diamond cut pieces in clear and black glass. It is in unu...
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2010s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

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Leather, Cut Glass, Mirror

German Midcentury Foosball Table
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
German 50s foosball table. Attributable to the manufacturer Leonhart, who has stood for the best quality and innovation in the field of foosball tables since the founding of the fami...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

Vintage Ebonite Budweiser Bottle 14lbs Bowling Ball with Stand, New Undrilled
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Ebonite Budweiser bottle 14 lb bowling ball with stand, New Undrilled. Item includes Stand, undrilled/unused, great purple color, very nice vintage item, approx. 14 lbs. Circ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Games

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Resin

Carl Auböck Set of Chess Pieces, Austria, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck chess Pieces, Austria, 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass

Modernist Chess Set #5606 by Carl Auböck
Located in Berlin, DE
A chessboard made from black and natural leather with 32 nickel pieces. Designed in the 1950s by Carl Auböck. Made in Vienna.
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

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Nickel

Weighted Wood Chess Set by John Jaques of London in Wood Box Kings, ca 1950
By Jaques of London
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good and complete English handmade wood "weighted" chess set game of 32 pieces, in its original box with a sliding lid, made by John Jaques of London and dating to the mid ...
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Early 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Brass Mid-Century Modern Tic Tac Toe Square Game on Lucite Base
Located in North Miami, FL
This polished brass Mid-Century Modern tac tac toe square game set has 10 players total of X's and 0"s. A new lucite base was made to give it height and easier room to play. It just ...
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1950s Taiwanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass

Vintage B60 After Bonzini Table Football
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table football style of Bonzini from France, circa 1990. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Material: Metal Wo...
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1990s French Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

Mid-Century Chess Set by Robert Rosenwald
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Robert Rosenwald, son of art collector and philanthropist Lessing Rosenwald, studied at Cranbrook under the likes of Harry Bertoia, preceding a lifelong career sculpting and drawing....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

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Paper

Vintage Chinese "Go" or ""Weiqi" Board and Game
Located in San Diego, CA
A very nice and well contructed vintage Chinese "Go" or ""Weiqi" board and game with play instructions, circa 1970s. The set is in very good condition and comes with a large wood boa...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Large Carved Green Stone Malachite Onyx and Marble Chess Set
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Complete green Malachite and white marble or onyx stone chessboard with game pieces. Hand carved of stone, this striking gameboard will be a gorgeous addition to any space. Game piec...
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20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Games

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Stone

Midcentury Spanish Football Table, Cordoba Model
Located in Vulpellac, Girona
Mid century Spanish football table in good conditions. The players represent the Real Madrid's and Barcelona's football teams. Córdoba model. Ready to start your game?.  
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

1940's-50s Playground / Carnival Elephant Slide, Garden Ornament, Sculpture
Located in Buffalo, NY
Vintage 1940's-1950's Elephant themed playground slide. Garden ornament, sculpture. Children's outdoor slide retaining painted elephant to both sides, steel steps, stainless slide. A...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal, Steel, Stainless Steel

32-Piece Chess Set, Brutalist Style Handcrafted Steel Nail Silver and Bronze
Located in Chattanooga, TN
32-piece, Brutalist style handcrafted steel nail silver and bronze chess set. Each individual nail has a small crown shaped chop which possibly identifies the maker. Each King, Queen...
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Early 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Brionvega Algol 11 Black Television, 1968
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Brionvega Algol 11 black television, 1968. Brionvega Algol 11 black television, not revised. This is an object in its original state of conservation. G...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal, Metallic Thread

Original Vintage 1966 Austin Cox Chess Set
Located in East Hampton, NY
Marked Austin Enterprises to the bottom of every piece, this wonderful vintage aluminum chess game set from 1966 comes in its original box. The box can be hung on the wall (see im...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Aluminum

Carl Auböck Chess Set #5606
Located in Glendale, CA
Carl Auböck chess set, originally designed in the 1950s. Authorized re-edition of a design originally produced by Carl Auböck III. This set is handmade in the original Auböck wor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Austrian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Iron, Nickel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Gold and Silver Chess Set
Located in Weesp, NL
This big, elegant and stylish Mid-Century Modern Italian gold and silver chess set is truly stunning. The pieces are made of gold and silver plated Mastic and in fantastic condition....
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Gold Plate, Silver Plate

Mid-Century Modern Extruded Aluminum Chess Set
By ALCOA
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century Modern extruded aluminum chess set with 32 stylized figures in the original presentation box. (Stamped: Austin Enterprises 1962, made by ALCOA) Case measurements...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Acrylic and Aluminum Chess Set by, Charles Hollis Jones
Located in Englewood, NJ
An American Mid-Century Modern acrylic and aluminum chess set by, Charles Hollis Jones with one set of pieces finished in a layered orange, yellow & red acrylic and the other pieces ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

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Aluminum

Charles Hollis Jones Lucite Chess Set with Original Nickel Base and Box, Signed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning chess set designed by the Lucite master, Charles Hollis Jones. The set is from the mid-1960s and is in very good original condition, the board has a few surface scratches a...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Nickel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Professional Chess Board with Pawns, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Professional chess board with pawns, 1980s Professional chessboard in metal, wood and plastic. The game board measures 37.5 x 37.5 cm and the single box measures 4.37 x 4.37 cm. The ...
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1980s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Metal

Mid-Century Game Board Box
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unusual stow away box with chess board top, which is removable. Box can fit other board games inside. Please confirm location (NY or NJ).
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

1950s Modernist Chess Set
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A modernist chess set in chrome-plated brass with a vintage cork board. The pieces are differentiated by having either a smooth polished finish or a subtle ripple texture.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Brass

Italian Marble Backgammon and Chess Board Game, 1960s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Italian marble backgammon and chess board game, 1960s Play this beloved centuries old games in style! An Italian vintage marble backgammon in one side and chess board in the other ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

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Onyx, Marble

Monumental Murano Glass Chessboard 32 Sculptural Pieces Gold Leaf Unique
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
Special huge chessboard. The board is about 50 inches square (125 cm square). Set is complete. Two colors, green and cobalt blue. Pieces are completely handmade in Murano. Tallest...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Gold Leaf

Silver Plated Mid Century Box with Bamboo Inlaid Lid
Located in Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire
Good quality mid century silver plated box with inset bamboo to the lid Most probably a box for playing cards but could be used for any purpose. made in Italy in the 1970s
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Silver Plate

Vintage 360 Bonzini Table Football, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table football by Bonzini from France, circa 1960. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Material: Metal Wood ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal

Checkers Game "The Solitaire" in Wood by Artek, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Checkers game "The Solitaire" in wood by Artek. Made in Italy in the 1970s. It comes with its original box and instruction paper. The original label is still attached on the botto...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Stella Champion Babyfoot Fooseball Table, circa 1940s
Located in Gloucester, GB
Stella champion babyfoot fooseball table, circa 1940s - Cast steel players - Original aluminium ash trays - Pine body and legs with original yellow and red paint - Original cor...
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1940s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Pine

Vintage Italian Malachite and Marple Chess Board, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A circular chess board fashioned from malachite and bone Marple. Manufactured in Italy during the 1960s or 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Malachite

Mid-Century Modern Austin COX Chess Set for ALCOA
Located in Chalk Hill, PA
Austin COX Enterprises for ALCOA modernist chess board, display case and game pieces. The board was from the estate of the late artist Aaronel deRoy Gruber (1918-2011). The display c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Aluminum

The Figure Game "The Original Game of Chess" Set in Bronze by Gary Sahl Rare
Located in San Diego, CA
One of a kind! The Figure Game (Siang Ki in Chinese), "The Original Game of Chess as Played in Antiquity" set in bronze by Gary Sahl for the Riggs Gallery in La Jolla, California, ci...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Bronze

Three Wooden Sphere Nesting Balls
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Matrushka-style minimalist wood nesting balls. A fun balancing game for the home office or coffee table. Includes a wooden base for display. Can be displayed nested or individually. ...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Wood

Carl Auböck Puzzles, Austria, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck puzzles, Austria, 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Wood, Paper

Ko Verzuu for Ado, Mid-Century Modern, Wood Blocks Construction Netherlands Toy
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Toy designed by Ko Verzuu, circa 1930. Manufactured by ADO in Netherlands. ADO Blokken, canvas bag with a set of wooden blocks / cubes to play. In good original condition, wit...
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1930s Dutch Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Canvas, Wood

Checkers Game by Ennio Lucini for Gabbianelli Green & White Ceramic, Italy 1970s
By Gabbianelli, Ennio Lucini
Located in Rome, IT
Vintage checkers game by the Italian designer Ennio Lucini for Gabbianelli in green and white ceramic. Made in Italy in the 1970s.
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Ceramic

Stylized Mid-Century Modern Extruded Aluminum Chess Set, ALCOA
Located in Buffalo, NY
American Mid-Century Modern extruded aluminum chess set with 32 stylized figures in the original walnut and lucite presentation box. Designed to be hung, wonderful piece of wall art ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Aluminum

Mid-Century Modern Carved Wood Puzzle Sculpture
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern carved wood puzzle sculpture in the shape of a couple gazing into each others eyes, each one having a carved heart inlay that can be removed. The piece has marker ...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Wood

1970s French Modernist Glass Brass and Chrome Chess Set
Located in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
1970s chess set designed and manufactured in France. Glass board with brass feet. chrome-plated steel and brass pieces. Chess board measures: 41cm x 41cm x H 2.5cm King measur...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Chess Set by Marco Celotti, circa 1970
Located in New York, NY
A unique one of a kind chess set by Italian American artist Marco Celotti. Created circa 1970, the set is quit marvelous. Each figure is filled with detail. Even the individual pawn...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Pottery

Italian Vintage Toy for Girl Carriage with Horse
Located in Milano, IT
Nice vintage Italian toy of the 50's for girl, of Italian manufacture. The toy is a pretty carriage with its horse attached for little girl, the carriage still has working its pedals...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Steel

Original Eames Giant House of Cards
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Highly collectible, 1950s Eames Giant House of Cards for Tigrett Enterprises. This scarce first-edition deck contains the original 20 large cards printed with colorful graphics from ...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Paper

Piet Hein 'Solitaire' Teak Board Game for Skjode, Denmark, 1960s
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Piet Hein 'Solitaire' rare teak board game for Skjode, Denmark, 1960s. A solid teak Solitaire game designed by Piet Hein (1905-1996) in the 1950s. Manufactured by Skjode in Skjern, ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

Vintage Dice Cocktail Set, Swizzle Sticks by Exclusive Playing Card Co.
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage set of 6 swizzle sticks. The dice cocktail set, made by Exclusive Playing Company in its original box. Six swizzle sticks in clear Lucite with colored dice on top stand in ho...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Bakelite, Lucite

Miguel Berrocal La Mini Cariatide Puzzle Sculpture
Located in Washington, DC
Intricate puzzle sculpture by Spanish artist Miguel Berrocal. Sculpture consists of 25 individual pieces, plus one brass heart that is a wearable ring. Comes complete with original b...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Bridge Box by Gerald Benney, London, 1970
Located in London, London
Hallmarked in London, in 1970 by Gerald Benney, this fine quality, Elizabeth II, sterling silver bridge box, is typical of his style, featuring a textured bark effect finish, and a l...
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1970s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Sterling Silver

American Boxed Chess Set 'Chess-Nuts' by Invento for Hammacher Schlemmer.
By Gem Precision, Hammacher Schlemmer, Invento Products
Located in Port Hope, ON
This complete American Mid Century 'Chess-Nuts' chess set contains pieces entirely constructed from nuts, bolts, washers and wing nuts, all finished in bronze and brass. It was pro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Steel

Rare First Edition Magic Game of "Juego de Magia Borras", 1933
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
First edition of the well-known Spanish magic game 'Juego de Magia'. Manufactured by Borras Plana in 1933. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and u...
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1930s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Paper

Brown Leather and Varnished Iron Italian Exercise Horse
Located in Milano, IT
Small Italian Gymnastic Horse of FONTI production with beautiful 1950s patina in excellent vintage condition. The frame is blue painted tubular iron, well solid to support large load...
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Iron

Set of Vintage Very Large Pick-Up Sticks
Located in Palm Beach, FL
As if something from a bygone era, a larger than life set of wood pick-up sticks set to rest in a round wood base. Let the games begin. Each stick diameter is .5".
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Hardwood

Set of Three Antique Skittles in Wood, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of three antique skittles, circa 1950. From unknown manufacturer, Spain. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Paper

Big Leather Die Card Game Box Italy Dice Vintage Midcentury Object Casino Gift
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Nice worn red leather covered box in form of a die. Slotted interior for 3 decks of cards.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Leather

Decorative Object Tower's Chess from the 1960s
Located in bari, IT
Original decorative object depicting an element of the game of chess, the rook, 1960s production in bronze with wooden base.
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1960s European Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

Materials

Bronze

Oldest Game in the World by Skodje Skern
By Skodje
Located in New York, NY
Wenge wood game board by Skodje Skern, Denmark, circa 1960. Game board made from a solid piece of wood, designed for playing "Kahala," one of the earliest known games. Signed ...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Games

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Wood

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